Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bolsonaro wants Brazil's top anti corruption judge as his Justice minister

Bolsonaro wants Brazil's top anti corruption judge as his Justice minister

The ruling sets a precedent just as tensions are running high before Bolsonaro is sworn in.

Mr. Bolsonaro, the so-called "Trump of the Tropics", is a notoriously divisive figure, whose hardline approach has deeply divided Latin America's largest country.

The one thing that unifies Bolsonaro supporters-from big financiers to small businessmen, young urban liberals to neo-Pentecostal evangelicals-is antipetismo, or hatred of the Workers Party (PT), the former ruling party cofounded by former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known familiarly as Lula. Bolsonaro relied on the support of evangelical groups in the run-up to the election.

Bolsonaro swept to victory Sunday's election, easily beating his left-wing rival Fernando Haddad.

The president-elect's future chief of staff told Reuters his first worldwide trip would be to Chile - one of the South American neighbors that swung to the right in recent elections - and soon after that he hoped to visit the United States.

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"His reckless plans to industrialize the Amazon in concert with Brazilian and worldwide agribusiness and mining sectors will bring untold destruction to the planet's largest rainforest and the communities who call it home, and spell disaster for the global climate", stated Amazon Watch program director Christian Poirer shortly after Bolsonaro's victory. It has been investing in the country for more than 100 years and expanded when the recent recession prompted cash-strapped companies including Petroleo Brasileiro SA to sell assets.

The markets could continue to boom, Mariscal said, if Bolsonaro keeps his promise to allow Guedes, who is expected to be named economy minister, the autonomy needed to carry out his plans. Share prices rose following Sunday's poll.

"If (Bolsonaro) decides to move forward with his pledges against the environment, indigenous peoples and the climate, his fellow citizens will be the biggest victims", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory. New rules will boost investment in infrastructure, he told reporters.

Still, Fitch Ratings on Monday highlighted the "deep fiscal challenges" confronting Bolsonaro's team, as weak growth and a huge budget deficit leave little room to maneuver. Late on Monday, Bolsonaro said in an interview with Globo TV that he would cut government advertising funds that flow to any "lying" media outlets. Who'd want that? Better to go with the guy who's marketed himself as the anti-that. In March, for example, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was forced to resign after less than two years as Peru's president after reports of his illicit dealings with Odebrecht emerged. He said the Temer government may approve the deal before leaving.

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